LOVE BOAT DOCKED OFF DEVASTATED HAITI: OLA and VOYAGER: Too Much Relief?

LOVE BOAT DOCKED OFF DEVASTATED HAITI: OLA and VOYAGER: Too Much Relief?

The United Nations is spending more than $10 million to house some of its Haiti relief workers on a pair of chartered cruise ships — one of which has been dubbed “the Love Boat” by UN staff.

THE SEA VOYAGE – ex-CAPE MAY LIGHT serves as one of the Love Boats for UN Workers at a cost of $10 Million. The small cruise ship is very reminiscent of coastal steamers that use to operate overnight between US and Canadian cities. Such as Canadian Pacific’s Princess liners between Vancouver and Victoria.

Read Peter Knego’s story about the Haiti UN “Love Boats” at Maritime Matters: Controversy is brewing over the U.N.’s recent charter of the 1966-built OLA ESMERALDA (ex BLACK PRINCE) and the 2001-built SEA VOYAGER (ex CAPE MAY LIGHT) to house earthquake aid workers at Haiti. The charter, reportedly costing $112,500 per day, is stirring international interest and allegations that one of the vessels, the OLA ESMERALDA, reputedly has ties close to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez..  Click here to read rest of story at Maritime Matters.

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About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…

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